How certification works
For projects in progress
There are a number of tools and resources available to support you when working on your LEED project including:
- LEED credit library
- LEED addenda database
- LEED Reference Guide for BD+C
- Reference guide introduction and overview
- LEED v4 BD+C rating system PDF
- LEED v4 BD+C scorecard
- Education @USGBC playlist for LEED AP BD+C
For new projects
- Choose your rating system. For the new construction of whole buildings, start by finding the option that best fits your project by exploring the BD+C offerings. For residential projects (both sing family and multifamily) review the options specific to that sector. View the full list of LEED v4.1 rating systems or view the full list of LEED v4 rating systems. There are also Certification models for multiple buildings and options for federal building projects.
- Check the requirements and options. Minimum Program Requirements (MPRs) are the basic requirements that let you know if your project can pursue LEED. These requirements are the same for LEED v4 and LEED v4.1. LEED credits allow project teams to customize how they pursue LEED. By fulfilling credits, project teams earn points that, once added together, determine a project’s certification level. Learn more about LEED prerequisites and credits or access the LEED credit library.
- Deadlines. At any given time, a LEED rating system is either open for registration and certification, closed for registration but open for certification or sunset (closed for both registration and certification). View the deadlines to make sure you know the status of your desired rating system/version.
- Fees. View the fees table to find the LEED registration and certification costs.
- Build your team. Goals and roles are key elements to consider when starting any project and it's no different in LEED. There could be several people who are members of the project team. Learn more in the Guide to Certification for your selected project type.
- Register your project in LEED Online and follow the steps in the Guide to Certification for your project type.